How safe do you feel in your apartment? While renting a new place is exciting in many ways, it’s important to make sure you are taking every measure to stay safe. Today we’re going to share 10 quick and easy ways that you can increase the security of your apartment!
1. Purchase a Door Cam
We'll start with the most obvious and effective tip. Keeping a (renter friendly) camera on your door or in a common area of your apartment will let you keep a close watch over your place even if you're not home.
2. Check Your Batteries
Make sure you check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. Do not use the batteries from these devices when the remote dies or take them out while you’re cooking. It’s always better to be safe than sorry (and it’s in your lease!)
3. Label Your Door
Show that your apartment is not an easy target! Place a sticker or sign that lets anyone walking by know that you are watching your place from a camera. Additionally, consider putting up a pet label whether or not you own one. Studies show that intruders will actively avoid places where dogs are present.
4. Keep Track of Your Keys
Make sure your keys are safe at all times! Lock the door when you enter or leave the apartment, and keep them in a place you won’t lose them. Avoid loaning your key whenever possible. If you lose the key, alert your property manager and call the locksmith immediately to purchase a replacement. The locks on your door will need to be changed for your safety.
Please remember you are not allowed to change the locks on your apartment yourself, make copies of your keys or install additional locks onto your door. This violates the terms of your lease as it prevents our leasing agents and maintenance team from accessing your apartment in an emergency.